1. Members to join in the visit to our sister-club, R C Makati North for their event introducing their incoming Board members in Manila on 14 July. Those participating can plan to arrive in Manila on 13 July and depart on 15 July. RCMN had suggested that to facilitate transport arrangements, all coming should stay at the Holiday Inn Suites in Makati. SIA now are promoting special fares to Manila for $180 return.
2. The next Board meeting will be a Joint Meeting of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 Boards of Directors. This will be on 12 June 2018 at 6.30 pm, immediately before our regular club meeting that evening. The club meeting that evening will feature a sake sommelier who will be bringing 4 bottles of sake for tasting. These bottles are sponsored by four RCRC members
3. There will be a Special General Meeting of RC Raffles City on Tuesday 19 June at 12.30 pm, concurrently with our regular club meeting on that day. This is to elect the remaining members of the Board for 2018-19 and also to approve the Minutes of the 2016 Club AGM.
4. The application to The Rotary Foundation for a Global Grant for the Navjeevan Centre in India was not successful. At the request of the R C Kalyan, our partner for this project, RCRC has transmitted USD$6000 to the Centre for the construction of a rain water collection pond. These came from monies pledged earlier by several members with $1000 coming from our Sunshine Box.
5. The annual visit to embers to the Thong Keng Senior Citizens Activity Centre to celebrate the birthdays of the members there will take place on Sat 23 June. As of now we are the only group still providing services to the Centre. All activities have been arranged by our Rotaractors.
6. The annual Hari Raya Puasa Fellowship for this year will be held on 27 July 2018 at the Rajah Room, Days Hotel, Zhongshan. President Pany will be inviting a few Muslims to join us and speak about Ramadan and the Hari Raya Puasa festival. Those coming please respond to Jacky Wong, Dy Club Service Director.
7. The Installation of the 2018-19 Board of Directors of RC Raffles City will take place on 4 August 2018. The venue will be the Tanglin Club. Further details will be announced shortly.
RC RAFFLES CITY WINS FIRST GLOBAL GRANT AWARD
Rotary Foundation has just awarded RC Raffles City it’s first Global Grant. This is for a vocational training team to provide training on new techniques of endoscopy to detect inflammatory bowel disease at a medical symposium in Singapore. The award is in the amount of $61,523. The application for the Global Grant was made by RC Raffles City with the support ofour Sister Club, RC Peninsula, Kowloon.
RC Raffles City has previously financially supported other overseas Rotary Clubs for their global grant applications. But a reluctance to undertake the paperwork for global grant applications had in the past deterred our club from applying for Global Grants for our own projects. This was notwithstanding that RC Raffles City is one of the highest contributors in our District to the Rotary Foundation.
Our congratulations must go to PP Nidhi Swarup for embarking on this initiative and undertaking the work to obtain for our club our first Global Grant. This will surely encourage our club to launch substantial projects that can have long term benefits for our community.
RC RAFFLES CITY TO SUPPORT NAVJEEVAN CENTRE, INDIA
The Navjeean Centre is a school for children of Mumbai sex-workers established by the Mar Thoma Church in India. PP George Abraham has liaised with the Rotary Club of Kalyan, which is near Mumbai, to apply for a Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation to construct a water pond and purchase a vehicle for this Centre. PP George has also obtained the RCRC Board's approval for RCRC's participation in this project.
The estimated cost of this project will be around US$35000. R C Kalyan will contribute US$2500 and RCRC will contribute SGD$5000 or more. The rest of the funding will come from RI's Global Grant and also the District Dedicated Funds of District 3142 (RC Kalyqn) and District 3310 (RCRC).
The following from RCRC have made pledges to fund this project: President Kesapany; PE Brian Tan; PP Vincent Chen; PP George Abraham; PP Jeffrey Chan and Rtn Gina Teo. Additionally, the RCRC Board has approved the release of $1000 from the Sunshine Box Fund for the purposes of this project.